TABC agents conducted a “minor compliance” operation at Bella Napoli Pizzeria in Edgehill Village, where 24-year-old Oksana Havrushenko served a Michelob Ultra to a 19-year-old. She is charged with selling alcohol to a minor.
Robert ‘Bob’ Pizzitola and his wife Susan own ‘Nashville Party Barge’ which operates as one of the largest party bus companies in downtown Nashville, some of which cater specifically to bachelorettes and mural tours. An undercover operation by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) revealed Robert, who is a veteran, traveling to the commissary at Fort Campbell, KY, and purchasing large amounts of untaxed alcohol. He would then sell the liquor on his Nashville party bus tours without any license to sell alcohol and without paying any taxes. Detectives say the couple had bought approximately $30,000 in untaxed liquor and transported it back to Tennessee for resale without a permit or license.
TABC’s undercover informant ‘Daphne’ was back in action as she attempted to buy a bottle of Mark West California Pinot Noir at West Meade Wine & Liquor on July 28th using a Tennessee ID with a DOB of 08/18/2003. The store’s clerk, 26-year-old Daniel Marchesi, who is currently out on bond for a DUI charge, reportedly sold her the 750 ml bottle while the transaction was witnessed by TABC Special Agent Williams. He is cited for selling alcohol to a minor.
Undercover agents with TABC (Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission) messaged with 35-year-old Eric Adams, who they say had posted a 12-year-old bottle of Van Winkle Bourbon for sale in a private Facebook Group used as a secondary sales market.
The agent, Ryan Spraggins, agreed to meet and purchase the 750ml bottle, and Adams showed up at the agreed-upon location, which was the Music Valley Cracker Barrell, and completed the transaction. At that time, Adams was notified he had sold liquor without a proper license and was issued a state citation for possessing, transporting, and selling alcoholic beverages for resale without a license. Adams was booked on the charge earlier this month.
31-year-old Tyler Hunt was recently booked on a misdemeanor citation charging him with reselling liquor without a license. An undercover agent from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) responded to a craigslist ad on November 4th, which offered 5 bottles of ten-year-old Jack Daniel’s Whiskey for sale. The agent met Tyler Russell Hunt at Bicentennial Mall in downtown Nashville to complete the transaction and purchased the bottles for $600.
It was not immediately known where or how Hunt acquired the bottles of Whiskey. Hunt’s social media profiles list him as working at a downtown bar/venue, and his citation list ‘PLE Security’ as his place of employment. Hunt is scheduled to appear in court again in January. When reached via phone, he referred all questions to his attorney.
19-year-old Christian Clayton Ham, from Oklahoma, posted photos of him drinking at Nashville bars on social media this weekend, with his family. Late Saturday night, he was at Rippy’s on Broadway when venue security was attempting to get him to leave, but he didn’t want to go. He is charged with public intoxication and underage drinking.
Tarboosh Hookah Bar in downtown Clarksville has agreed to a six-month suspension of its liquor license, after the TABC (TN Alcoholic Beverage Commission) filed suit, alleging violations of multiple executive orders, refusing to provide records to the TABC, failing to keep records of purchases and sales of liquor, and overall posing a risk to public safety.
34-year-old Mario Brooks remains jailed in lieu of a $2,500 bond this morning, charged with failing to appear to his court date for allowing the sale of alcohol to a minor at 3 Crow Bar in East Nashville.
The process for getting a liquor license from the TABC requires a lot of paperwork. Including lot of notarized signatures, where you swear under oath, in the presence of a notary, that your signature is indeed you, and that by signing, the information given is truthful. By submitting this incorrect information to the state in order to obtain a liquor license with false information may be defined as the criminal charge of perjury as defined in TN Code § 39-16-702 (2016). On two documents signed and notarized during the application process,…
After a week long investigation, this morning East Nashville News submitted a long list of proposed violations and supporting documentation to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission & related agents, for the express purpose of supporting the removal of the liquor license of Cloud IX, LLC, due to mismanagement. While the removal of the liquor license is but one portion of shutting down the operations of a business, it would also ensure that the same company/owner/managers, and even employees could be restricted from getting another liquor license in the future. TABC…